DAY 9: “Can’t I just pray at home?”

Many hear about 40 Days for Life and respond:

“God hears our prayers wherever we are. I can stay home and pray.”

Of course, and we need to do that first and foremost. But the urgency of abortion calls us to take Christ to the darkest corners of our culture … just as millions of missionaries have done throughout the 2,000 year history of Christianity.

Let me tell you a story.

This simple sign with the message “choose life” is a popular one for 40 Days for Life volunteers in Cluj-Napoca. Romania.

And it’s a life saver.

A young woman – a high school student – was on her way for an abortion because she didn’t want her mother to find out she was pregnant. Her boyfriend was also pressuring her to abort.

But when she arrived for the abortion, “I saw this banner, this one with this little blue-eyed baby,” she said. “I felt I did not want the abortion and I wanted this baby.”

She and the friend who accompanied her then started a conversation with two women at the 40 Days for Life vigil who promised their support and connected her with others who could help.

When the young woman returned home, the child’s father increased his pressure. But she told him she would be having the baby, and he could either accept that or leave. A few days later, he came to her in tears … asking for forgiveness.

The meeting with the two women would have never happened – and the child might not be alive today – if those volunteers had chosen to pray at home instead of at the vigil.

It does make a difference!